Ex-Macello Lugano presents “Schweizweit. Recent Architecture in Switzerland”

The gallery located in the former slaughterhouse in Lugano presents an exhibition organised and curated by S AM Basel, where it had been previously shown earlier this year. The exhibition is a visual atlas of recent architectural production in Switzerland.

 

Conversion Obstalden lilitt bollinger studio Obstalden (GL), 2016 © Mark Niedermann

Conversion Obstalden lilitt bollinger studio Obstalden (GL), 2016 © Mark Niedermann

 

The image of Swiss architecture today is still very strongly characterised by the 1990s, when it was catapulted into the global spotlight and became a model of architectural minimalism. The architects who stood for this reduced and sublimated concept of building at the time – such as Herzog & de MeuronDiener & Diener, Peter ZumthorPeter Märkli, etc. – are still regarded as pars pro toto for Swiss architecture, at least from an international perspective. We hear much less about the architects of the subsequent generations, who have been intervening more and more actively in the architecture debate since then.’Schweizweit’ tracks down the architecture firms that have developed over the past two decades. (more…)

“Together. The architecture of the Collective” at Vitra Design Museum

Using models, films, and walk-in displays, the exhibition addresses this global phenomenon of housing scarcity by presenting a broad array of collective building and living projects from Europe, Asia, and the United States: an overview of historical precedents for the current wave of collective living spaces.

 

Open air dinner, Siedlung Heizenholz, Kraftwerk1, Zurich Adrian Streich Architekten, 2012 © Katrin Simonett/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Siedlung Heizenholz, Kraftwerk1, Zurich. Adrian Streich Architekten, 2012 © Katrin Simonett/VG Bild-Kunst

 

Housing is scarce – that much has become evident in the last few years. As real estate prices in big cities continue to skyrocket, conventional ideas of housing development prove unable to meet demands. The reaction to these challenges has been a silent revolution in contemporary architecture – towards collective building and living.

Using models, films, and walk-in displays, the exhibition »Together! The New Architecture of the Collective« addresses this global phenomenon by presenting a broad array of collective building and living projects from Europe, Asia, and the United States. An overview of historical precedents for the current wave of collectives demonstrates that the idea of collectivity has been a recurring theme in the history of architecture, from the reformist ideas of the nineteenth century to the hippies and squatters of the twentieth who touted the slogan »Make love, not lofts«. (more…)

“André M. Studer. On the measure of things” at S AM Basel

Based on original documents, this 2016 summer exhibition at S AM provides the first general overview of the oeuvre of Swiss architect André M. Studer, who died in 2007. André M. Studer adopted a special position of significance in post-war Swiss architecture.

 

André M. Studer Terrassenhaus Zurbriggen-Abgottspon, Visp, 1964-67  © Christian Kahl, 2016

André M. Studer Terrassenhaus Zurbriggen-Abgottspon, Visp, 1964-67 © Christian Kahl, 2016

 

His expressive organic language of forms was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. Based on theories of harmonic proportion, Studer developed his own concept of holistic architecture. Influential figures such as Sigfried Giedion, Werner M. Moser and Bernhard Hoesli described him as one of the most talented in his generation. (more…)

“This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953-1978” at S AM Basel

The exhibition presents a series of twelve episodes – beginning in the 1950s – that look at the ferment of new ideas as architects began to reconceive space in response to the conditions of a newly affluent society and the emergence of the electronic age.

 

Michael Webb, Sin Centre, 1961. © The architect

Michael Webb, Sin Centre, 1961. © The architect

 

S AM Swiss Architecture Museum presents Spatial Positions 11 «This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953-1978» an exhibition by the Drawing Matter collection about architectural imagination, and the power, processes and poetics of creation and invention. (more…)

“Constructing Film. Swiss Architecture in the Moving Image” at S AM Basel

The exhibition invites visitors on a fascinating search for traces of moving images of Swiss architecture. In continuation of a series of exhibitions initiated in 2012 to examine the various media through which architecture is conveyed, the focus is now on film.

 

"Constructing Film. Swiss Architecture in the Moving Image" S AM © Tom Bisig

“Constructing Film. Swiss Architecture in the Moving Image” S AM © Tom Bisig

 

Here, ‘film’ is understood to mean a broad spectrum of moving visual documents. A very wide range of different technologies and film genres that depict Swiss architecture in a documentary manner are taken into account – from traditional architecture documentaries to films made with mobile phone cameras, through to real-estate advertising films. A broad definition of the term ‘architecture’ is also applied: cinematic approaches to realised buildings, planned buildings, infrastructure constructions and urban landscapes are all included. (more…)

Spatial Positions 10: “The Sound of Architecture” at S AM Swiss Architecture Museum

On the occasion of the new music festival ZeitRäume, S AM presents an exhibition dedicated to the sound of spaces. With four highly diverse sound space interventions in the rooms of the S AM this exhibition invites visitors to explore the often under-appreciated interface between architecture and sound via the senses.

 

Spatial Positions 10: "The Sound of Architecture" © S AM Swiss Architecture Museum

Spatial Positions 10: “The Sound of Architecture” © S AM Swiss Architecture Museum

 

The show is dedicated to a frequently-neglected subject: the sound of space. The reason for the exhibition is the new festival ZeitRäume Basel – Biennial for new Music and Architecture, which takes place this September for the first time and combines biennial architecture with music. Berlin-based Austrian composer and artist Peter Ablinger, the Elektronisches Studio Basel and festival director Bernhard Günther have collaborated in drawing up an exhibition concept tailored specifically to the ear, realised architecturally by Lucerne architects Niklaus Graber and Christoph Steiger and combined to form a whole. (more…)

“Concept & notation”: Bernard Tschumi’s retrospective travels to Basel

From the 9th of May to the 23rd of August 2015, the Swiss Architecture Museum presents the exhibition “Bernard Tschumi. Architecture: Concept & Notation”, an adaptation of his first great European retrospective, which was first shown in 2014 in the Centre Pompidou.

 

"Bernard Tschumi. Architecture: concept & notation" ©  SAM / Centre Georges Pompidou

“Bernard Tschumi. Architecture: concept & notation” © SAM / Centre Georges Pompidou

 

From the 9th of May to the 23rd of August 2015, the S·AM (Swiss Architecture Museum) presents the exhibition “Bernard Tschumi. Architecture: Concept & Notation“. The exhibition is an adaptation of the first great European retrospective on this influential theorist and practitioner Bernard Tschumi, which was first shown in 2014 in the Centre Pompidou, Paris. (more…)